Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz draft on tap at Pazzo's Lexington. Served in the appropriate Franziskaner weizen glass, albeit with a lemon wedge which I quickly discarded.

A: Golden-orange body with a tall, whipped/rocky head. Lots of good lacing on the sides of the glass with each sip.

S: Kind of killed by the lemon wedge that was served on the rim of the glass. However, beyond fresh lemon, I could still pick out hints of coriander, orange peel, some pepper and maybe some cinnamon. Nose is quite tangy with the extra lemon fragrance adding to the citrusy orange/tangerine aromas. There is also that familiar musky wheat husk scent.

T: Lightly sweet with lemon, tangerine, orange juice, honey and a touch of bananas. Spicy/tangy cloves, coriander and fruit rinds. Some doughy, fresh baked bread flavors and grainy, cereal-like wheat notes come in during the finish.

M: Crisp, light body that delivers a slightly powdery mouthfeel - similar to what you would expect from a Belgian Tripel.

D: This hefe is pleasant and quite easy to drink, but it doesn't hold a candle to Weihenstephaner on tap.

A nice hefeweizen, but again, I can't help but feel that it plays second fiddle to Weihenstephaner in every respect - appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. Not a bad alternative if you can't find Weihenstephaner or your favorite pub doesn't have Weihenstephaner on tap.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9floz bottle poured in a pint glass. Enjoyed at a rental condo on Maui.

Caramel in colour and cloudy. 1/2 inch offwhite head on the pour settles to a solid 1/8 inch cap. Tiny bubbles create a dense foam.

Aroma of cloves and hefe yeast. Light banana bread in the background.

Mild flavour of cloves and wheat with sweetness at the start. Flavour tapers off slowly from start to finish. Very subtle.

Medium body with tiny pin pricks of carbonation.

Smooth and light and refreshing. Great beer for a warm Maui evening.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blue Spark in downtown Spokane, WA. Served in a 20 in "Euro pint."

Pours an amber/gold color and is very cloudy. Served in a 20 oz Euro Pint.. Bubbly white head.

Smells spicy with cloves and a pie spice aroma.

Tastes like melons, banana, and soft fruit flavors. Slightly sour for the style.

Mouth Feel is full-bodied and a little cloying.

Drinkable and refreshing. 40 oz is probably enough in a session.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefeweizens are beautiful things. This one is no exception. Glorious golden orange, like somebody bottled the sun (lame, I know). Huge head, teetering on overflowing. It sticks around for a good long while.

Pretty good smell, but nothing too spectacular. Yeast notes and a grainy aroma. There's a kind of sweet buttery character as well. Even with the huge head, the nose just isn't that potent.

Taste is so-so. A bit light, perhaps too watery. Refreshing nonetheless. Hints of juicy oranges throughout. The trademark banana ester is also floating around. A bit of spice in there as well, and a chalky mouthfeel from the yeast. Mild carbonation. A very smooth beer.

Not too bad, but I don't think this has a real intense flavor to it. A good hot day beer, and even though I rated the taste a bit low, I still like it. It's average to me, but I can see why people like it.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl can. A bit too sweet, with notes of wheat, bananas, honey and white bread. No trace of alcohol, and the beer is quite refreshing, despite the sweetness.

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Photo of HenryH
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No "drink by" date visible on the bottle. The color is a pale off-yellow, reminiscent of straw or hay. A ripe bananna smell stood out from the aroma, with more subtle hints of lemon, citrus, and clove. The taste was entirely similar to the smell, and was reasonably satisfying overall, but not as full-bodied as I would have liked. It seemed like the bottle I got was past its prime, and the lack of freshness detracted from its drinkability. I'll bet this is a lot better in Europe. While far from bad, this beer just isn't up to snuff with Weihenstephaner or most other German Hefeweizens that I have tried here in the States, and I doubt that I'd buy it again unless it were really cheap.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color, with a generous head. Nose is wheat and citrus. Medium and creamy mouthfeel, somewhat smooth. Taste is wheat and malt sweet at the start and a hint of banana, a full malty mouth feel at the middle, and slightly dry with hints of citrus and hops at the finish. The yeast and the bottle conditioning adds greatly to the unique flavor and fresh crisp taste and aroma.

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Photo of MLegendre
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge fluffy head formed right away at least about 3 1/2in. Disapates rapidly, but from the outside in until the inside finally caved in on itself, then is stayed where it was. Very fun to watch. Color is cloudy neon orange, almost glowing with lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very yeasty which I didn't really like, but smelled strongly of clove too which I did like.

T: Yeast flavors were noticable, but not too strong. Midtaste subtle wheat flavors come out followed by hints of banana. Finish is sweet and spicy.

M: Medium bodied yet kind of thick with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth

D: Nice to finally see what a real Hefe Weizen taste like. I liked it enough to want to further explore the style. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of harpo111
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: gold, hazy, nice and heady

s:yeasty with a bananna and malty flavor.

t: yeasty with a strong bananna and malty flavor...hoppy finish

m: nice and rich...thick

d: only a couple..will fill you up...flavor slows you down...
something different..very flavorfull...but not an everyday beer..
has a lot of good things going for it...but not one you can do all evening..

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Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Typical but good hefeweizen appearance, copper in color and quite turbid with very good head retention.

The nose is light, but fairly nice - signature weizen yeast banana along with a bit of lemony citrus, some peppery spice, a little doughy bread.

The palate is quite thin, almost watery - I generally expect a bigger body on hefeweizens, and this one doesn't deliver. The flavors are decent, however; initially spicy with clove and white pepper, it segues into pleasant apple and banana fruitiness. The finish is quite phenolic, which seems to stick to the roof of the mouth long after the mild finish; it's a bit of a detraction. Pretty good overall, just not top-tier.

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Photo of djcriple420
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at Redbones in Somerville, Ma.

This beer was very tasteful. It had a rather unique taste for a hefe. It tasted as if it was started to be filtered with its light feeling, but not filtered at all with its true taste.

I would recomend this beer to anyone who has a hankering for a smooth hefeweizen, without an overbearing taste.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy yellow with some hints of orange in color. Two finger fluffy head that leaves some patchy lace.
S: A bit funky, but the usual suspects are here. Lots of citrus and banana with some clove. The funk is a bit off putting.
T: No funk in the taste. Very sweet with some nice round flavors of banana and citrus again.
D: I am going a bit low on the drinkability side. Its pretty highly carbonated, and you get your fill of this beer pretty fast.

A very good brew to be sure. A great Hefe, and I got a Franziskaner hefe glass at the bar. Very nice.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It is a hazy dark copper color, with a big, light colored three finger head which was poured into a weiss glass.

Smell: Big cloves and a little banana backing. There was also some slight spicy, pepperyness, which nicely contributed to aroma profile.

Taste: The flavor was similar to the aroma, but there was more balance between the banana and clove. It was not as complex as I was hoping, due to the difference between the bottled version and what I had in Germany. There was also a good deal of wheat rounding out flavor and there is some up front bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was good and the beer was really smooth, with a light to medium body.

Drinkability: It is extremely drinkable and very refreshing, but pales in comparison with beer drunk in Germany.

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Photo of hyland24
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

It poured a hazy golden brown with an inch thick head of white foam that all but disappeared before I put the glass down. It left absolutely no lacing on the glass. I could have put the glass right back in the cabinet without anyone noticing it was used.

The smell was faint, fruity. I cant place the fruit but it smells sweet. Had to try several times to pick up a real scent.

The taste was good, not great. Mildly sweet and slightly fruity. A little too much like a lager. The taste disappeared immediately after I swallowed.

Definitely over carbonated. Carbonation overpowered the taste down to the last sip.

This beer is definitely worth trying, and is a descent Weisbeir but not a great Weisbeir. I would not go out of my way to find this beer but would drink it if it was in front of me. The carbonation was a little too much for this style of beer and I think that effected the overall experience.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellowish to orange with a small head in a pint glass on tap. Nose is fresh orange, wheat, and lightly spiced from the yeast. Flavor is strongly of wheat, and lightly spiced with flavors of clove held in check without being overpowering. This is a great example of the style, and the heavily wheaty and fruity character of it really made it appeal to me.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Color is a hazed burnt golden orange. A little dark for a hefe.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, oranges, and an earthy profile. It is yeasty as well. Smells like a hefe.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, but it is a bit fruiter and has a bubble gum flavor. Yeast, bananas, cloves, and orange peel all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a solid hefe that drinks nice. Great on a sunny day. Not much else to say.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, golden-orange body with a rather large, fluffy, off-white head, though it quickly gasses out into just a very thin layering of fizzle.

Smell: Mild nose smelling of wheat malt, lemon wedges, ground coriander, and banana, with nothing previously listed being particularly aromatic.

Taste: Lightly tangy-tasting malted wheat with a thin measure of honeyish sweetness. Small hint of raw grain. Light touches of lemon, coriander, and banana pass by the tongue. Hop bitterness remains very low, just enough to be felt. Things thin out considerably as you near the dry finish, but there is a bit more lemon to be had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though lacking the creaminess of other weiss beers. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, it's got ease of drinking and refreshment on its side, but it comes across as simply being dutifully, dully average. So, all in all, while it's by no means bad, I've had better

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Photo of emmasdad
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first German review, as I finally ventured down to the import door for my mix-a-six. Pours a nice burnished golden color, with a good 4-5 inches of huge, billowy white head. Aromas of clove, banana and caramel. Quite tart on the palate, with lemon, banana, clove and wheat. Overall, an enjoyable summer refresher.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Taco Mac. I wish they would invest in some appropriate glassware. This should have a nice head, but arrived at the table with none. How long was this sitting at the wait station. Color was typical for this style: nice golden color with a great aroma: banana, fruity, lemony, bubble gum, and clove. Good carbonation. Could drink lots of these at a sitting.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz (greenb) bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a bit of a pale straw with a moderate white head that fades quickly, leaving almost no cap at all. Weak.

Nose is surprisingly sweet. Tangy wheat is up front, bit of banana, citrus bite. Not much in the way of clove.

Taste starts off with a nice citrusy wheat bite, a bit of tangy, fresh-baked-bread sweetness towards the finish, like a very mild sourdough. The creamy fullness I expected isn't there at all, either in flavor or mouthfeel, instead this one is noticeably dry and even a bit astringent. There even seems to be a bit of a snappy hop bite towards the finish, not prominent at all, but definitely there, moreso than I find in most German hefes. The hefeweizen character seems muted, giving way to a beer that tastes almost like a hybrid of a hefe and an American wheat. Carbonation a bit sharper and more forward than expected, bigger bubbles.

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Photo of theopholis
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light Nice head. Loose, almost white. Settles down very quickly and not flat. Very billowy. Almost no lace.

Aroma: Slightly fruity. Mild citrus. No hop aroma at all. About what you would expect from a Hefe Weisse. Just a hint of banana as it warms up.

Taste: Typical hefe style. Very suble spiciness. No hoppiness at all. Hint of banana in the after-taste. No clove at all.

Mouthfeel: Light body with normal carbonation for a Hefe. Little clinging power.

Drinakbility: Very easy drinking. Nice for an afternoon or session bear.

Not bad.

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Photo of dude
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buried in the back of my uncle Marc's fridge, behind all the 'Lager, was a lone bottle of hefe. Its not really Christmasy but I'll take it. Poured pale yellow and cloudy. Good head formation. Aroma of phenols and wheat grains. Taste is of a classic hefe with banana and some clove notes as well. Tasted good but not really fresh. How long was it in the fridge Marc? Light bodied with a dry finish and I could have had a few more, unseasonal as it were.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a generous off-white head. Banana and clove notes in the aroma with a healthy malted wheat grain smell. I little sweet in the malt department but dry and clovey in the finish. I know this was a freshly tapped 10L barrel and it doesn't taste all that fresh. I'd like to try this beer fresh from the brewery. This is a hefeweizen you can bastardize with a lemon.

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Photo of ATPete
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle

Pours a clear yellow orange color with a small and strong white head with some peppery looking floaties. Smell is of macro funk, toasted wheat, some bready yeast and a little bit of banana. A bit of citrus tingles the tongue, followed by a smooth wheat character and a mild hop bitterness. Light in body, fizzy and alive with carbonation and a ripe banana peel after taste. No alcohol heat whatsoever, clean and a good refreshing summer beer. A classic without a doubt, but there is a lot of better options in and around the same price range.

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Photo of Julz
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Very cloudy light orange color, heavy head when poured into you glass but later settles later.

Has a stale bread smell with the usual suspects of coriander and orange. Very nice on the nose.

The taste is a clean flavor of coriander and citrus. Nice after taste, again very clean in your mouth.

Light and airy in your mouth. Crisp. Nice.

A good drinkable beer like most Hefe's. Like mine just a little more spicy. But again this is a nice crisp beer that you could enjoy during both hot and cold months. And the Germans know how to brew a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

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